Toddler House Staff

Miss Beth

How long have you worked for the center: I started my adventure with the center on September 20th, 2002.

Any significant certifications schooling or if in school at this time: I have graduated from SIUE with my Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood as of May 5, 2017. I am CPR, AED, First Aid Trained and Food Sanitation Licensed.

Years in Child Care: I have been in daycare for 15 years.

Why you love children: I love children because as a mother of two children, I want to be able to see children grow up in a loving environment with loving teachers. It is so rewarding to me to be able to provide love to the children while in our care!

Family: Married since July 25, 1987 – 2 children, Josh (Olivia, future daughter-in-law), Taylor, 2 Dogs and 1 Bird.

What do you do in your free time: I love to garden and read in my spare time.

Miss Betty

How long have you worked for the center: Since January 2013

Years in Child Care: Have been a babysitter since age of 13.

Why you love children: I love children because they are God’s special blessing & creation. Most are a joy to be around.

Family: 6 children

What do you do in your free time: I like to garden and enjoy time with my dog.

Miss Dawn

Hi, my name is Dawn. I have been working at Toddle Town since 1999. I hold a Child Development Associate Certification and I am currently attending SWIC to further my education. I love working with children because I find it very rewarding to share and be a part of this very unique time of their lives.

Miss Nichelle

Miss Nichelle

Hello, my name is Nichelle and I was born in the Phillippines on Clark AFB in May 1989. I am currently a student at Central Georgia Technical College and will be graduating December 2016 with my Associates in Applied Science. After I receive my Associates I will continue my education with Early Childhood Care Education and work towards getting my Bachelor’s Degree.

I enjoy working out and constantly moving. I get very bored when I sit still for very long, so I enjoy moving around and constantly look for things to do and to get accomplished. I have a beautiful daughter named Lexi Caroline who means the world to me. I always try to be the best I can be for myself and her, she’s my motivation. Because if I can’t be the best I can be the I can’t ask the same from her.

rachel

Miss Rachel

Hello! My name is Rachel and I am the Infant Teacher at Toddler House. I have worked with children since 2014 and have been lucky enough to work with children from 6 weeks of age up to 30 months old. Babies have always been my favorite age group; I love how they laugh, learn, love and trust unconditionally. My goal is to help each child reach their milestone moments with a structured curriculum personalized to each baby’s developmental level.

I received my Associate’s Degree in December of 2014 for Early Childhood/Special Education from my hometown college, Lorain County Community College in Elyria, OH. I am currently working towards my BA in the same field online at Grand Canyon University.

I have wanted to be a teacher since 6th grade, in order to inspire children the way so many teachers had inspired me up until that point and throughout the rest of my educational career. I am a lifetime Girl Scout and have enjoyed volunteering to train younger girls in the Scout Ways.

I am currently engaged with the wedding date set for September 2018. Outside of wedding planning, I love spending time with my 4 cats and reading or doing almost anything outside.

shannon

Miss Shannon

I started working for Toddle Town on May 1, 2017. I graduated from Southern Wayne High School in Dudley, North Carolina in June 2010. I graduated from James Sprunt Community College on May 10, 2017 with my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and my Associate Degree in School Age Education. I am CPR, AED, First Aid trained and certified through the Red Cross. I also have my Food Handler Certification. I come from a very large family, which exposed me to child care at a very early age.

In addition, I am a mother to two handsome, energetic sons, Greyson and Nicholas. I have been working with children for 11 years now. The reason I chose this field to work in is to make a difference to all children I come in contact with. I want to provide each child with a safe, loving, and nurturing environment while learning through play. Each and every day that I am within the classroom, my job is filled with passion and it no longer feels like work. It is my goal to ensure each child leaves a better person through developmentally age appropriate activities.

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family, our cat Cali and our bearded dragons, Peanut Butter and Jelly. I love to write poems and stories to boost my imagination and to keep it active. Also, I have been shooting photography for 8 years and it is a strong passion of mine.

haley

Miss Haley

Hello! My name is Haley, I started working at the Toddler House May 30th, 2017. I have been working as a teacher since January of 2014. In the past, I mainly worked with two-year-old’s but I have experience working with children of all ages. I love working with children because I find it very rewarding to see how they learn! It is the best feeling knowing that you have taught a child something that helps them grow!

I graduated from Belleville East in 2014 and I am currently attending SWIC to get my associates in arts, while taking Early Childhood Education classes. I am certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid. I also have my Food Handlers certificate.

In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and going bowling!

Miss Ivy

Hello! My name is Ivy and I have been at Toddler House since November 2014. I have my Associates degree in Child Care and currently work with the youngest babies in the center, the 6 weeks to 5 month olds. I have gained lots of “hands on” experience , being mom to my three boys – Nick , 20; Nathan, 17; and Noah, 14.

When I am not caring for, loving and rocking babies, I am spending time with my kids, my dog and my cat. I also devout a lot of time ministering in my church and leading worship.